I wouldn't describe this as a "must see" but it makes for a pleasant morning/afternoon out. Catch the FGC (Ferrocarrils Catalans - Catalan Railways) from Balmes station (junction of Balmes and Provenca streets) in the city centre to Tibidabo station. Walk a little way up the hill to the Tranvia Blau (Blue Tram) stop. Take the tram up the hill to the terminus (a small square) and then catch the funicular to Tibidabo for a panoramic view of the city.
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In 1886 Giovanni Bosco was offered a piece of land at the top of the mountain to raise a temple dedicated to the Sacred Heart. An oratorium was built first, and it is still conserved. In 1902 the construction of the great expiatory temple began. It is a monumental building designed in neo-Gothic style by Enric Sagnier, and is crowned by a bronze statue of the Sacred Heart. The construction of the temple was completed in 1961. An elevator takes visitors up to the top of the temple, 575 metres above sea level. It is actually two churches built on top of one another. The views are amazing!
From the Sagrat Cor (Sacred Heart Church) at Tibidabo you will get a wonderful panorama on Barcelona and its surroundings.
The Tibidabo area situated half up on a mountain in the north part of Barcelona (548 m above sea level), is a popular attraction with an amusement park built in 1899 and several museums.
The church is an enormous temple which can be seen from almost anywhere in Barcelona. Even if it looks like a gothic cathedral it is not. It is only 40 years old. The building was started in 1902 by Enric Sagnier and the work was not finished until 1961. Actually it is two churches one on top of the other.
To go there you have to take the Tibidabo funicular which in it self is a museum being the oldest of its kind in Spain.
Our guidebook described the Torre Collserola (Communications Tower) as the ultimate thrill ride, so we were definitely going there! You have to take the train (from the Catalunya station) to the Peu del Funicular stop. There you take the Funicular de Vallvidrera up the hill. When you get off of the funicular, go through the station and out onto the street where you can catch Bus 211 (or Bus 111) just around the corner. The bus will take you to the tower parking lot and you will have to walk from there.
Follow the stone walkway all the way around the base of the tower to the entrance. The price for adults is eight Euro. We just happened to be there at a perfect time - we were the ONLY people there! We took the GLASS ELEVATOR up to the top of the tower (around 900 feet up), which isn't recommended if you are afraid of heights. The tower has a 360 degree observatory, which is all enclosed. You can get some great views of the city, of Tibidabo, and of communities beyond Barcelona. It was a great way to get more familiar with the geography and landscape of this area of Spain. We took about an hour to look around, take some pictures, and then descend on the elevator.
We decided to skip the bus ride (we didn't want to wait for the next one), so we walked the whole way back down to the funicular station, which was pretty cool!
On the top of a mountain there is an amusementpark and a church, so we visited the church.......
The church is called Sagrat Cor (Sacred Heart) , a modernist temple of neogothic inspiration Enric Sagnier began building in 1902 and it took 60 years to complete it.
The amusentpark is also worth visiting, but if you only go for the ride up with the Tramvia Blau you will enjoy yourself too !
The views from the Sacred Heart Church are absolutely stunning. You can go atop the Neo-Gothic portion of the church and see from a bird's eye view across the city of Barcelona and the hills and valleys that surround it. It is definitely worth the trip up and can be quite windy on cooler days. Breathtaking. The gentleman who runs the lift will also take you to the other chapels and areas of the church on your way back down.
Wherever you are in Barcelona, you cannot help but notice the Tibidabo church beckoning from the hill in the distance. At the church, you can take an elevator all the way to the top for a breathtaking view of Barcelona and the mountains behind it. In my opinion, the views from here are a lot better than from Montjuic.
Surprisingly, there were very few tourists here during my visit in April. This area of the city was quiet and perfect for walking around in peace— very unlike the rest of Barcelona. The impression here is that the area around the church (especially the side of the hill facing away from the city) is like a wealthy village out in the country. After your visit to the church and its observation deck, walk along the almost car-free residential streets lined with large homes for a peek at how some wealthy Barcelonians live.
This is an historical amusement park, with more than a hundred years old. The most interesting aspect are its traditional and original amusement family atractions. They're lovely in spite of you would't like this kind of places. There are up-to-date atractions too but they're not too much different than in other parks. In fact we didn't come in because it was pretty crowed and we had a lot of things to do but climb Tibidabo mountain is worth a visit one way or another because of the excellent city views, the Sacred Heart Basilica and the amusement park panorama from outside.
Este es un parque de atracciones histórico, con más de cien años. El aspecto más interesante son sus originales y tradicionales atracciones familiares. Son encantadoras a pesar de que puedan no gustarte demasiado este tipo de lugares. También hay atracciones modernas, pero no difieren mucho de las de otros parques de atracciones. En realidad no entramos en el parque porque había mucha gente y teníamos muchas cosas por visitar pero aun así merece la pena subir al Tibidabo por las excelentes vistas de la ciudad, la basílica del Sagrado Corazón y la ver el parque de atracciones desde fuera.
Opening hours / Horario de visita
Very changeable from summer to winter / Muy cambiante desde el verano al invierno: Check it out in its website / Compruébalo en la página web
The Tibidabo funicular railway was inaugurated on 29 October 1901 and became the first funicular railway in Spain.
The funicular operates on a line 1152 metres long with grades of up to 25.7% and a vertical ascent of 278.3 metres. The funicular railway was originally only a single track, with a passing siding halfway up. In 1922, in anticipation of the forthcoming Barcelona Universal Exhibition of 1929, the number of railcars was doubled. The installations were entirely remodelled between 1958 and 1960 to meet the gradual increase in demand. However, service was reduced as from 1995, owing to the financial problems of the owners, PATSA.
Transport by cable car from the stop for the Blue Tram at the pl. Dr Andreu to the . The Tibidabo funicular railway currently covers the route between Plaça del Doctor Andreu (at the end of Avinguda del Tibidabo) and Plaça del Tibidabo (Tibidabo Amusement Park), and links with the Tramvia Blau. The route, which took 9 minutes to cover in 1901, is now covered in 6 minutes.
In January, February, April, October, November and December, the funicular railway will operate only when the amusement park is open. The rest of the year, the funicular railway will operate on specific days, even when the amusement park is closed.
Frequency: Every 30 minutes.
Ticket: one way or return: 2,00 euros / round trip: 3,00 euros
Pensioners: one way or return; 1,50 euros / round trip: 2,00 euros
School groups: one way or return: 1,50 euros / round trip: 2,00 euros
Bicycles can be taken aboard the Tibidabo funicular at any time.
We spent a half-day at Tibidabo but were extremely disappointed. Getting there is a hassle, as you have to take the Tramvia Blu followed by a funicular, and the lines are excruciating (even in the off-season). At the top there is "Barcelona's Ugliest Church", a boring amusement park and a ridiculously expensive coffee shop/snack bar. Views of the city are good, but not worth the difficulty.
If you do happen to end up at Tibidabo and get hungry, there is a very small, family-owned restaurant about 250 meters below the amusement park that serves decent (not great) food.
Tibidabo is a mountaintop on the edge of the city of Barcelona. Located on the top is The Sacred Heart Church as well as the Tibidabo Funfair. To get there you take the funicular which is closed during the week in the winter. We didn't know this until we got there so unfortunately we didn't actually get to see it up close, but I'm sure this cathedral and Amusement park (interesting combo!) is worth checking out.
The views from the top spires of the Sacred Heart Church atop Tibidabo are incredible. Even if the ferris wheel is not running, the time spent to climb the stairs to the top platforms of the chruch are well worth the effort.
Tibidabo makes a lot of people laugh. It's a mountaintop church with an amusement park and a hotel. It is kinda ridiculous on its surface. But, it's also pretty charming.
The Church is not much to see, by Barcelona standards, but the views from this high point are expansive and stunning. And, it's fun to watch the kids on the rides - the amusement park has a vintage flair to it.
It's not a "must see" for Barcelona, but if you have the time on your hands(or some kids)and want some unmatched vistas over the city, then come on up!
Tibidabo is a mountain overlooking Barcelona, it is 512 meters high, and thereby the tallest of the mountains in the Serra de Collserola. Rising to the north-west, it offers spectacular views over the city of Barcelona and the surrounding coastline.
The oldest amusement park in Barcelona is located here and retains most of the original rides, some of which date to the turn of the 20th century (the amusement park was closed in March when I visited),
The Catholic church, the Temple de Sagrat Cor, at the top, all of which is visible from most of the city, was designed by Enric Sagnier, and the church took 60 years to construct and is topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart by Josep Miret Llopart.
Tibidabo can be reached by a funicular railway, by bus, and by car. The railway, built in 1901, was the first of its kind in Spain.
Tibi Dabo actually means "I will give you", which is a reference to Satan tempting Christ. The park gets its name because of the magnificent view. You can see almost the whole city from La Sagrada Familia to the Cathedral to the ports off the Mediterranean.